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Solito, solita : crossing borders with youth refugees from Central America /

edited by Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman ; with a foreword by Javier Zamora.

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Names: Mayers, Steven, | Freedman, Jonathan, | Zamora, Javier,
Published: Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2019.
Series: Voice of witness (Chicago, Ill.)
Topics: Refugees - Central America. | Refugees - United States. | Migrations of nations. | Aliens - Central America. | Exiles - Central America.
Regions: Central America - Emigration and immigration. | United States - Emigration and immigration. | Central America. | United States.
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245 00|aSolito, solita :|bcrossing borders with youth refugees from Central America /|cedited by Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman ; with a foreword by Javier Zamora.
264 1|aChicago, Illinois :|bHaymarket Books,|c2019.
264 4|c©2019
300 |axi, 316 pages :|bportraits ;|c22 cm.
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490 1 |aVoice of Witness
504 |aIncludes bibliographical references.
505 00|tNobody wanted me /|rSoledad Castillo,|gHonduras --|tOne day, I want to be like my father /|rJosué Nieves,|gEl Salvador --|tI was made to do things I didn't want to do /|rGabriel Méndez,|gHonduras --|tYou ride on top of the Beast and are totally exposed /|rJhony Chuc,|gGuatemala --|tPeople fought over land and water /|rNoemi Tun,|gGuatelmala --|tBefore a village like ours was so beautiful, and suddenly things were ruined /|rIsabel Vásquez,|gEl Salvador --|tHe'd break down doors and come through the windows, or, if not, from the roof, up the fire escape /|rDanelia Silva,|gEl Salvador --|tI was solito, solito. I decided to cross by myself /|rAdrián Cruz,|gGuatemala --|tThe US immigration police herded us into cars and drove us to la hielera, the freezer /|rPedro Hernandez,|gGuatemala --|tFor eighteen years I've wandered from the bottom to the top of North America, trying to change my life /|rCristhian Molina,|gHonduras --|tWe walked for days, through the jungle, risking our lives, not meeting anyone /|rRose Cuevas,|gEl Salvador --|tI'm the only one still alive /|rErnesto González,|gHonduras --|tWhen I slept, there were cameras on four sides /|rJulio Zavala,|gHonduras --|tMaybe I'll transfer to the university next year as planned, or maybe I'll be deported back to Guatemala /|rIsmael Xol,|gGuatemala --|tOnly by leaving my studies could I work to pay him back /|rItzel Tzab,|gGuatemala -- Ten things you can do -- Historical timeline.
520 |a"They are a mass migration of thousands, yet each one travels alone. Solito, Solita (Alone, Alone) is an urgent collection of oral histories that tells--in their own words--the story of young refugees fleeing countries in Central America and traveling for hundreds of miles to seek safety and protection in the United States. Fifteen narrators describe why they fled their homes, what happened on their dangerous journeys through Mexico, how they crossed the borders, and for some, their ongoing struggles to survive in the United States. In an era of fear, xenophobia, and outright lies, these stories amplify the compelling voices of migrant youth. What can they teach us about abuse and abandonment, bravery and resilience, hypocrisy and hope? They bring us into their hearts and onto streets filled with the lure of freedom and fraught with violence. From fending off kidnappers with knives and being locked in freezing holding cells to tearful reunions with parents, Solito, Solita's narrators bring to light the experiences of young people struggling for a better life across the border. This collection includes the story of Adrián, from Guatemala City, whose mother was shot to death before his eyes. He refused to join a gang, rode across Mexico atop cargo trains, crossed the US border as a minor, and was handcuffed and thrown into ICE detention on his eighteenth birthday. We hear the story of Rosa, a Salvadoran mother fighting to save her life as well as her daughter's after death squads threatened her family. Together they trekked through the jungles on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, where masked men assaulted them. We also meet Gabriel, who after surviving sexual abuse starting at the age of eight fled to the United States, and through study, legal support and work, is now attending UC Berkeley."--Page [4] of cover.
650 0|aRefugees|zCentral America.
650 0|aRefugees|zUnited States.
650 0|aMigrations of nations.
650 0|aAliens|zCentral America.
650 0|aExiles|zCentral America.
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650 7|aEmigration and immigration.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst00908690
650 7|aExiles.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst00918139
650 7|aMigrations of nations.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01020775
650 7|aRefugees.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01092797
651 0|aCentral America|xEmigration and immigration.
651 0|aUnited States|xEmigration and immigration.
651 7|aCentral America.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01244535
651 7|aUnited States.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01204155
700 1 |aMayers, Steven,|eeditor.
700 1 |aFreedman, Jonathan,|d1950-|eeditor.
700 1 |aZamora, Javier,|ewriter of foreword.
710 2 |aVoice of Witness (Organization)
830 0|aVoice of witness (Chicago, Ill.)

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